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David Greene (Nøkkenbuer) has been shared in 10 public circles

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CircleCount67,537Profiles/Pages having a CircleCount link on their about page.This is the follow up link to this post: https://plus.google.com/+CircleCount/posts/Uoru6vQw9gnThanks for the idea +Luc Suy, these are all awesome people/pages ;)Thanks for using CircleCount to all!2014-01-06 21:45:0633721424
Luis Vidal94Circle of PsychologyOnly currently active people. #psychology   #psychologycircle   #circleshare   #sharedcircles  2013-08-16 17:43:1942002
Ram bo0I was a long time not here, therefore I want share a circle with you, with a lot of fun and interesting people. please add and share it2013-02-21 09:39:35467235
Joe Martinez26,875Best People to Circle on Google+ Part 2This is the 2nd circle of amazing people and brand pages to add to your Google+ circles! Know of other amazing people I should add to this circle? Let me know in the comments below! This circle includes people like +Mitch Hayes, +Colin Lovett, +Tessie L'Amour, +Johnny Roquemore, +Amanda Spurlock, +Jason ON, +Mark Bruce, +Naren Mangtani, +Ward Plunet, +Tom Rolfson, +Mellie B, +Nate Jay, +Daniel Ibanez, +Brian Matiash, +Rich Pollett, +Maria Bartiromo, +Matt Uebel, +Mari Thomas, +Kim Flowers, +2012-07-02 01:53:32442442033
Joe Martinez25,016Best of the Best People to Follow on Google+ Circle #2A few weeks ago I shared the first circle of amazing people to follow on Google+ and now as promised here is the 2nd circle! These are some of the best posters out there on Google+ so make sure to add the circle if you want more outstanding content in your stream! Also feel to share as well! Some of the amazing people included in this circle are: +Jeremy Hall, +Farran Lee, +Tracie Smalls, +Elle Gray, +Tom Rolfson, +Siegfried Hirsch, +Marvin Chow, +Dalai Lama, +Mona Nomura, +Victor Bezrukov, +Adam Sandler, +David Greene, +Johnny Roquemore, +Richard Branson, +Natascha Otero, +Boris Gorelik, +Vince BadPanda Herrera, +Anthony Dash, +2012-05-15 06:44:45415391936
Mitchel Rodwell0+Duncan Hayes , +Hanii Leigh this is a big circle, which I call "Political". You'll find people with strong political views here, as well as political news and people who care about politics. I'd advise you add one or the other out of this and my other circle, "Intellectual" because they're both pretty big and I don't want to give you guys too much before you're ready :)2012-01-23 13:48:07366405
Joe Martinez13,925Best of the Best Google+ People to Follow - Version 9!This is definitely a circle you would want to add if you are new to +Google+ or are looking to add more interesting and engaging people to your stream! Feel free to add or share this circle! My circle has been maxed out so I have removed all brand pages from it and created a separate circle for them! I'm still about 30 over the limit of the circle so I might have about 30 people who won't show in the shared circle. Some of the heavy hitters included are: +Casey McKinnon, +Felicia Day, +Rose McGowan, +Louis Gray, +Alida Brandenburg, +Linda Lawrey, +Lamarr Wilson, +Tom Anderson, +Scott Beale, +Kim Sherrell, +Lisa Bettany, +Chee Chew, +Wil Wheaton, +Justine Ezarik, +Sarah Hill, +Dalai Lama, +Ashley Tisdale2012-01-16 18:25:37501604771
Joe Martinez10,003Best of the Best Google+ People to Follow - Version 7!This is my circle of some the best people to follow on Google+. So if you are new or need new people to follow make sure to add this circle or feel free to share it as well! The circle has grown to over 500 people but since it only allows you to share 500 not everyone will be shown. The circle includes known greats like +Chris Pirillo, +Amanda Blain, +Trey Ratcliff, +Robert Scoble, +Liza Sperling, +Natalie Villalobos, +Vic Gundotra, +Adam Sandler, +Casey McKinnon, +Lamarr Wilson, +Dalai Lama, +Guy Kawasaki, +Wil Wheaton, +Steve Ward, +Lisa Bettany, +Jeri Ryan, +Arianna Huffington, +Dave Veffer, +2011-12-15 22:45:49501551434
tam frager1,873Google plus tip, Google+ tipIt's been a while since I've shared a tip, but this is an important one, I think.I was asked a couple of days ago about where folks who are new to Google+ should go -- asked for a "new members" page. Instead of a new members page, if you're looking to get started with the G+ community, try adding this circle. It's the circle I've made of folks who seem to actively engage in conversations here. They post in their streams and they post comments in other people's streams. Starting and engaging in conversation is the best way to use Google+. Don't feel you need to know someone before you circle them; just circle people you find interesting. Comment on posts when you have something to say. Engage.2011-12-12 09:14:31203403
David Webb0Psychology CircleDavid Webb shared a circle with you.2011-10-23 19:11:35501201111

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2014-03-29 20:45:26 (24 comments, 0 reshares, 2 +1s)Open 

Announcement: Yesterday, I proposed to my girlfriend and today, I am now engaged!

Most reshares: 9

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2014-04-20 04:26:01 (9 comments, 9 reshares, 42 +1s)Open 

Johnny Cash "Hurt" (Official Music Video)

You can see the age showing in his every move, the sorrow weighing down his every word, and the pain penetrating the silence that surrounds him. His very eyes tell you a tale of regret; his words simply tell you what you already know. No one, not even the artists of the song (Nine Inch Nails), could have sung this song so powerfully. Of all his timeless works, I must say that his cover of "Hurt" is arguably his most profound performance.

The lyrics are a masterpiece, originally written by Nine Inch Nails lead vocalist Trent Reznor. The video is flawless, a testimony to both writer and singer and a vocal epitaph for the latter. The song is powerful, sung by a man with a voice that bellows baritone deep into your soul. The singer is hurt, regretting all that he did and all he could have done differently. John... more »

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2014-04-20 04:26:01 (9 comments, 9 reshares, 42 +1s)Open 

Johnny Cash "Hurt" (Official Music Video)

You can see the age showing in his every move, the sorrow weighing down his every word, and the pain penetrating the silence that surrounds him. His very eyes tell you a tale of regret; his words simply tell you what you already know. No one, not even the artists of the song (Nine Inch Nails), could have sung this song so powerfully. Of all his timeless works, I must say that his cover of "Hurt" is arguably his most profound performance.

The lyrics are a masterpiece, originally written by Nine Inch Nails lead vocalist Trent Reznor. The video is flawless, a testimony to both writer and singer and a vocal epitaph for the latter. The song is powerful, sung by a man with a voice that bellows baritone deep into your soul. The singer is hurt, regretting all that he did and all he could have done differently. John... more »

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2014-10-21 07:36:38 (7 comments, 1 reshares, 3 +1s)Open 

Quite an interesting, and dare I say amusing, article.

Quite an interesting, and dare I say amusing, article.___

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2014-10-17 03:51:59 (4 comments, 0 reshares, 1 +1s)Open 

Here is a thoughtful article addressing the controversy surrounding the recent mass-murder simulator "Hatred" by Polish developer Destructive Creations.

I considered typing a thoughtful response with my opinion about the game, but I feel my opinion is not sufficiently developed or examined to express at this time. I can say, however, that I concur with much of what is said in this article, and if you are interested in my opinion about "Hatred," it is a prime example of what I would write if I were to type an article about this game.

For those of you interested in this game or the controversy surrounding it, I strongly recommend this article.

Tags: #VideoGames   #ViolenceInVideoGames   #Hatred   #HatredGame   #DestructiveCreations   #MassMurder   #MassMurderSimulator   #Games   #ControversialArticle   #Controversial   #Forbes   #Morality  #MoralRe... more »

Here is a thoughtful article addressing the controversy surrounding the recent mass-murder simulator "Hatred" by Polish developer Destructive Creations.

I considered typing a thoughtful response with my opinion about the game, but I feel my opinion is not sufficiently developed or examined to express at this time. I can say, however, that I concur with much of what is said in this article, and if you are interested in my opinion about "Hatred," it is a prime example of what I would write if I were to type an article about this game.

For those of you interested in this game or the controversy surrounding it, I strongly recommend this article.

Tags: #VideoGames   #ViolenceInVideoGames   #Hatred   #HatredGame   #DestructiveCreations   #MassMurder   #MassMurderSimulator   #Games   #ControversialArticle   #Controversial   #Forbes   #Morality   #MoralRelativity  ___

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2014-10-16 01:06:11 (0 comments, 0 reshares, 0 +1s)Open 

NOTE: This is a referral link, so please be sure to use the link I provided if you want me to receive credit. I cannot guarantee the credibility of this promotion and have no idea if it's legit. Proceed at your own risk.

I seriously question whether this is legit, but I'll post it anyway to see what it's all about. Apparently, a new company called Gearhoox has a "revolutionary" new product for earbuds that can make it more comfortable and ergonomic for your ear. All that is required is your email address (and, presumably, your mailing address for the gift if you qualify).

If you're interested, click on the referral link I've provided below. Again, I don't know if this is a legit promotion, and there is no information to confirm the company or its products. If you aren't interested, no biggie. Just skip over this. Thanks anyway.

NOTE: This is a referral link, so please be sure to use the link I provided if you want me to receive credit. I cannot guarantee the credibility of this promotion and have no idea if it's legit. Proceed at your own risk.

I seriously question whether this is legit, but I'll post it anyway to see what it's all about. Apparently, a new company called Gearhoox has a "revolutionary" new product for earbuds that can make it more comfortable and ergonomic for your ear. All that is required is your email address (and, presumably, your mailing address for the gift if you qualify).

If you're interested, click on the referral link I've provided below. Again, I don't know if this is a legit promotion, and there is no information to confirm the company or its products. If you aren't interested, no biggie. Just skip over this. Thanks anyway.___

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2014-10-14 03:05:16 (6 comments, 0 reshares, 2 +1s)Open 

I'm currently reading this monumental corpus, The Shape of Ancient Thought: Comparative Studies in Greek and Indian Philosophies by Thomas McEvilley, and I am so far thoroughly impressed. I am currently only halfway through the first chapter (about 8% of the way through the 780-page book, according to my Kindle PaperWhite) and I have already learned a lot of things, such as: Indian philosophical and religious thought heavily influenced Greek philosophy in ways I never before imagined; the Persians weren't the evil people depicted by the Greeks, they just turned to assholes after relations with Greece went sour; Heraclitus was heavily influenced by Indian Upanishad texts, hence his views being inconsistent with most pre-Socratic philosophers; and, according to Diogenes Laertius, Heraclitus was a pompous ass.

On a more serious note, this magnificent, extensive treatise on the relationship... more »

I'm currently reading this monumental corpus, The Shape of Ancient Thought: Comparative Studies in Greek and Indian Philosophies by Thomas McEvilley, and I am so far thoroughly impressed. I am currently only halfway through the first chapter (about 8% of the way through the 780-page book, according to my Kindle PaperWhite) and I have already learned a lot of things, such as: Indian philosophical and religious thought heavily influenced Greek philosophy in ways I never before imagined; the Persians weren't the evil people depicted by the Greeks, they just turned to assholes after relations with Greece went sour; Heraclitus was heavily influenced by Indian Upanishad texts, hence his views being inconsistent with most pre-Socratic philosophers; and, according to Diogenes Laertius, Heraclitus was a pompous ass.

On a more serious note, this magnificent, extensive treatise on the relationship between Greek and Indian philosophical thoughts, and criticisms about most Western scholars' views on the development of Greek philosophy and how much Indian thought influenced it. It has opened my eyes to many things I had not considered previously, and disillusioned me about just how much modern philosophy should be accredited to the Ancient Greeks. Moreover, it has made me extremely interested in Indian philosophical and religious thought, something I had not expected would occur, since I had no significant inclination to Indian thought outside of Buddhism before this book.

If you are interested in stuff like this, or in comparative philosophy, or just in really large textbook-sized scholarly works which don't read like a dried lemon, I highly recommend this book. I'll update my experience with it as I continue reading.

Also, for anyone with a Kindle who might be interested in this, it's currently on sale for 94% off, at around $3.03 (USD)! I don't know how good this treatise will be in its entirety, but so far I am impressed. It is thoroughly cited and well-written, and I have enjoyed every moment of it (from what I've read).

Tags: #philosophy   #ComparativePhilosophy   #IndianPhilosophy   #GreekPhilosophy   #ThomasMcEvilley   #Kindle   #AncientHistory   #Literature   #GoodBooks  ___

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2014-10-02 03:44:54 (0 comments, 0 reshares, 0 +1s)Open 

The Golden Joystick Awards are currently being held and voting is still open. If you'd like to vote for who among the nominated should receive the award in each category, now is the chance!

Also, for any Steam users, you may even receive a free game in doing so. More information here: http://blog.playfire.com/2014/10/golden-joysticks-2014-vote-get-free-xcom.html

Tags: #Games   #Steam   #GoldenJoystickAwards2014   #GJA   #GoldenJoystick   #CVG  

The Golden Joystick Awards are currently being held and voting is still open. If you'd like to vote for who among the nominated should receive the award in each category, now is the chance!

Also, for any Steam users, you may even receive a free game in doing so. More information here: http://blog.playfire.com/2014/10/golden-joysticks-2014-vote-get-free-xcom.html

Tags: #Games   #Steam   #GoldenJoystickAwards2014   #GJA   #GoldenJoystick   #CVG  ___

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2014-09-21 02:24:21 (0 comments, 0 reshares, 0 +1s)Open 

Thanks +Pandora. 'Twas a good, long laugh I had.

Thanks +Pandora. 'Twas a good, long laugh I had.___

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2014-09-19 17:55:12 (0 comments, 0 reshares, 0 +1s)Open 

I suppose that would bring a whole new meaning to "a divided nation."

EDIT: As a Texan, I would support a secession, but only after I get the hell out of Texas. I'd rather not be here when the state turns into a Christian fundamentalist hellhole under Rick Perry's corrupt iron fist. Otherwise, I'd rather Texas stay a part of the United States and just learn to not be so damn stupid. But as the article states, it's all pointless anyway. It's pretty much impossible to secede under the current statutes of the US Constitution.

Scotland may not have followed in Sir William Wallace’s footsteps to free itself from its English bonds, but that hasn’t stopped nearly a quarter of Americans from a little bravehearted hope of their states seceding from the US.___I suppose that would bring a whole new meaning to "a divided nation."

EDIT: As a Texan, I would support a secession, but only after I get the hell out of Texas. I'd rather not be here when the state turns into a Christian fundamentalist hellhole under Rick Perry's corrupt iron fist. Otherwise, I'd rather Texas stay a part of the United States and just learn to not be so damn stupid. But as the article states, it's all pointless anyway. It's pretty much impossible to secede under the current statutes of the US Constitution.

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2014-09-19 17:26:48 (0 comments, 0 reshares, 0 +1s)Open 

An interesting article about recent news (or lack thereof) on the federal budget deficit.

Puzzling politics. ___An interesting article about recent news (or lack thereof) on the federal budget deficit.

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2014-09-19 11:49:50 (0 comments, 0 reshares, 2 +1s)Open 

Avast, mateys! Hark an' listen to me words! Today be Talk Like a Pirate Day (TLAP), so ye bilge rats best be changin' yer tune! To celebrate this here fine day, how 'bout we learn a bit o' seafaring lingo? Surely, ye land lubbers aren't that scared o' the Seven Seas? Thanks be to +Today I Found Out fer sharin' this here wisdom! The stock imagery be excellently used.

If ye be harking fer more piracy (and ye be through with Pirate Bay fer now), head o'er to the official TLAP Day website and learn ye some seafarin' know how: http://www.talklikeapirate.com/

(+Jason Horton, ye might find this here post a tad bit interestin', seein' as piracy be in yer profile.)

Avast, mateys! Hark an' listen to me words! Today be Talk Like a Pirate Day (TLAP), so ye bilge rats best be changin' yer tune! To celebrate this here fine day, how 'bout we learn a bit o' seafaring lingo? Surely, ye land lubbers aren't that scared o' the Seven Seas? Thanks be to +Today I Found Out fer sharin' this here wisdom! The stock imagery be excellently used.

If ye be harking fer more piracy (and ye be through with Pirate Bay fer now), head o'er to the official TLAP Day website and learn ye some seafarin' know how: http://www.talklikeapirate.com/

(+Jason Horton, ye might find this here post a tad bit interestin', seein' as piracy be in yer profile.)___

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2014-09-18 13:54:57 (0 comments, 1 reshares, 1 +1s)Open 

My Reason for Signing: Climate change is a verified fact. Anthropogenic climate change is verified enough to be considered a fact in all but the strictest of scientific requisites. Despite how scientists are more certain of, and there is greater consensus on, climate change than there is regarding whether smoking cigarettes cause lung cancer (which is accepted as fact by just about everyone at this point), I think it's time we stop giving in to climate change deniers and report the science of the subject. As a native Texan and someone who isn't a goddamn idiot, I would rather drop out of school than to be taught politically enforced misinformation.

School is for learning the facts, not for learning whatever the hell scientifically illiterate politicians believe.

Tags: #GlobalWarming   #ClimateChange   #TEA   #Texas   #TexasEducationAgency   #Petition   #Change  #Advoc... more »

My Reason for Signing: Climate change is a verified fact. Anthropogenic climate change is verified enough to be considered a fact in all but the strictest of scientific requisites. Despite how scientists are more certain of, and there is greater consensus on, climate change than there is regarding whether smoking cigarettes cause lung cancer (which is accepted as fact by just about everyone at this point), I think it's time we stop giving in to climate change deniers and report the science of the subject. As a native Texan and someone who isn't a goddamn idiot, I would rather drop out of school than to be taught politically enforced misinformation.

School is for learning the facts, not for learning whatever the hell scientifically illiterate politicians believe.

Tags: #GlobalWarming   #ClimateChange   #TEA   #Texas   #TexasEducationAgency   #Petition   #Change   #Advocacy   #SpreadTheWord   #ClimateChangeIsReal___

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2014-09-18 13:17:48 (0 comments, 0 reshares, 0 +1s)Open 

Is this what Conservatives have come to?

Earlier today, I saw an advertisement with the below image. I was curious and clicked on it, which brought me to the following link:

http://www.preservefreedom.org/Guncontrol1Ad

Before voting, I checked the WOT and Webutations ratings for the site, along with the Alexa Traffic Ranking and list of detected trackers with Ghostery. I also checked the "About Us" section, which stated the following:

Preservefreedom.org is a libertarian-leaning website dedicated to helping America move closer to it’s core constitutional principles of freedom and liberty. We’re committed to educating the American populace on the principles that made this country great. It’s important to us that your voice is heard. One of the ways we do that is through sharing polls that reflect current events. Our voice and yourvoice... more »

Is this what Conservatives have come to?

Earlier today, I saw an advertisement with the below image. I was curious and clicked on it, which brought me to the following link:

http://www.preservefreedom.org/Guncontrol1Ad

Before voting, I checked the WOT and Webutations ratings for the site, along with the Alexa Traffic Ranking and list of detected trackers with Ghostery. I also checked the "About Us" section, which stated the following:

Preservefreedom.org is a libertarian-leaning website dedicated to helping America move closer to it’s core constitutional principles of freedom and liberty. We’re committed to educating the American populace on the principles that made this country great. It’s important to us that your voice is heard. One of the ways we do that is through sharing polls that reflect current events. Our voice and your voice coming together is the power we need to fight back on those who’s goals are to restrict our personal freedoms.

It sounded like a typical libertarian website, so it didn't really bother me that much. But then, I noticed that in the poll, Barack Obama's portrait on the right is subtitled with the following quote, attributed to him: "I don't believe people should be able to own guns." Now, I've never heard Obama state anything like this before and given his known stances about gun control, it seems rather unlikely that he would say something like this, so I looked into it.

Apparently, there is no record of President Obama having ever stated this, and the only source is a known guns rights advocate and Conservative economist, John Lotts Jr. He claims Obama said this during a private conversation, according to his new politically-charged book, "At the Brink." Given there are no other sources for this, and there is no reason to believe Obama would actually state something like that, I'm pretty sure I can call bullshit. So this is the first red flag: applying a misattributed, false quote whose only source of verification is a conservative guns rights advocate to convince the viewer that Obama is against any and all gun ownership, despite how the "No" option for the poll is much more moderate than that. But oh well, I guess that's to be expected of a libertarian website, seeing how most of them are conservative-leaning and GOP-supporting anyway. So I pressed on and submitted my vote and waited to see the results.

Apparently, there are no results. No, when I voted, it sent me directly to the following propaganda video: http://preservefreedom.org/FSS2/

I was offended by the deception and total disrespect for my opinion, but still wanted to see the results, so I went back and voted yes. Lo and behold, I was directed to the same exact video and link. There were no results, just a bullshit propaganda video intended to scare people into fearing liberals, buying guns, and beating their chests because they're "proud to be a 'Murrican!", all signed, sealed, and delivered by a purported member of the US Armed Forces and certified disaster and survival expert, Frank Mitchell.

Here comes the real kicker: when you try to leave the site, it will redirect you to "exit1.php," which is just an advertisement pushing their "Family Survival System" with a $10 discount. If you try to leave again, "exit2.php" will come up offering a $20 discount. When you try to leave a THIRD time, it will simply redirect you to the following site, which is an order form for the Family Survival System, as if the first three "No's" weren't enough. Here is the link:

https://vl171.infusionsoft.com/app/orderForms/Family-Survival-System-17/

After finally exiting that disaster zone, I gave the site and the purchase form both the ratings they deserve on WOT and moved on. Normally, I've come to expect by now that a website claiming to be libertarian is really just a Conservative outpost for pushing their views. I wasn't even that surprised that the poll was a sham. But pushing a "Family Survival System"? Seriously?

Overall, this website is a sham and a bullshit excuse for a "libertarian-leaning website dedicated to helping America move closer to it’s core constitutional principles of freedom and liberty," as the "About Us" so deceivingly states. Plastered all over this site are incentives to purchase that damned "Family Security & Freedom System." The recent posts are filled with biased propaganda seeking to scare people even further. The entire thing reeks of propaganda and fearmongering.

This "PreserveFreedom.org" is a disgrace to human politics and the people behind it are shameless cons seeking to milk your fears for funding. It's pathetic that it has come to this.

And yes, I am aware this probably isn't the GOP's doing. I doubt the politicians even know about this whole ruse. If anyone is behind it, I'd bet it's probably that Frank Mitchell fellow who runs his "Family Survival System" (http://familysurvivalsystem.us/). This PreserveFreedom.org is likely just a site he made to generate further traffic and knowledge of his shit products. Nevertheless, only someone who is either a complete sociopath or (more likely) genuinely believes this shit would try and sell their product so hard. In the end, this Frank Mitchell guy is probably the paranoid conservative blowhard you'd expect would buy this type of crap. But worse of all, there are a lot of people like this, and unfortunately I've noticed it to be much more common among Conservatives and Republicans than anyone else.

Aside from simply being an enticing header to catch your attention, my initial question also begs consideration: why is it that Conservatives and Republicans are resorting more and more to scare tactics and anti-government paranoia to justify their beliefs? Listen, I don't really have a problem with Conservative or Republican beliefs per se, but what really irritates me is when people justify and enforce their views through fearmongering and "us vs. them" dichotomies. Why is it that this is so damn common among those who align the GOP? I'm not trying to attack you guys either, those of you who are GOP supporters. I'm more concerned and curious than anything. What's up with the paranoia?

And why the hell do people see the type of gimmicky stunts like this PreserveFreedom.org site as acceptable in any capacity? When did that start becoming okay? Maybe I've been out of the loop for a while, but I don't remember a time when this sort of bold-faced propaganda and product-pushing was ever alright. Do you?

Oh and on a final note, I found quite an amusing version of the propaganda video I mentioned above:

http://familysurvivalsystem.co/index.php

Look at those quality animations. Go ahead, have a laugh. Man, I never expected this scam of a site to actually make my day.

Tags: #GOP   #ScamAlert   #FearMongering   #MartialLaw   #Conservatism   #Republicans   #Liberals   #Propaganda  

EDIT: Formatting and minor additions. ___

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2014-09-16 20:05:57 (0 comments, 1 reshares, 1 +1s)Open 

Apparently, ISIS extremists have executed another journalist via beheading. Like I stated in my previous post on another beheading, I'm beginning to seriously doubt any of these journalists are actually dead and if they are, they certainly did not die during the filming of their respective beheading videos.

I have seen videos of beheadings before and everything about these ISIS beheading videos are all wrong. In the more recent videos, it doesn't appear that a serrated knife is even being used, and it's nearly impossible to saw through a human neck without a serrated blade. It's already hard enough with a serrated knife. If you want an example, here is an unedited video, a rather infamous one at that, of two men who are executed by beheading by a Mexican drug cartel:

WARNING: The content in the below video contains unedited video content of two men being beheaded. It... more »

Apparently, ISIS extremists have executed another journalist via beheading. Like I stated in my previous post on another beheading, I'm beginning to seriously doubt any of these journalists are actually dead and if they are, they certainly did not die during the filming of their respective beheading videos.

I have seen videos of beheadings before and everything about these ISIS beheading videos are all wrong. In the more recent videos, it doesn't appear that a serrated knife is even being used, and it's nearly impossible to saw through a human neck without a serrated blade. It's already hard enough with a serrated knife. If you want an example, here is an unedited video, a rather infamous one at that, of two men who are executed by beheading by a Mexican drug cartel:

WARNING: The content in the below video contains unedited video content of two men being beheaded. It is very bloody, very terrible, and very real.

http://www.liveleak.com/view?i=94f_1343002966

Ignoring the rather biased commentary (this is the only link to the unedited video I can find), the above video displays two men who are beheaded in two different fashions. The first one is beheaded by chainsaw. You can skip over this part. The second man on the left, however, is beheaded using a serrated knife. If you watch closely, the method by which this man is executed, both in how the cutting is started and how the head is severed, is significantly different from how the videos of the beheadings by ISIS extremists. As you can see in the video, it was quite difficult and took a lot of sawing to behead with a serrated knife, so the videos depicting a non-serrated blade makes me question if the man died at all.

What of the beheaded corpse at the end of the ISIS videos? Well, it's possible that the men actually did die, but if so then most likely not with a knife, considering how the blood is placed and how clean the cut is. Alternatively, these men are not dead and these are actually faked. In either case, I suspect trickery on the part of the ISIS videos.

Why would these videos be faked? Well, it's quite obvious if you consider why they would behead these people in the first place: the ISIS militants are attempting to send a message to the world, especially to the United States, that their movement should be recognized and respected, and that the United States should stop trying to oppose their revolution. If the hostages in these videos were actually executed, that would not only reflect poorly on them, but also halt any chances at hostage negotiations, which would prove useful to the ISIS State. In the end, these executions won't benefit their movement and I wouldn't be that surprised if they knew it. As a result, these videos may be faked, intended only for shock value and increased media coverage.

Currently, I have heard no word and read no report that these beheadings have been confirmed. The only evidence for them are videos which seem quite fake, given they are very well made, display the use of a simple knife (sometimes not even serrated) as being the executioner's weapon of choice, and cut out before any blood is actually even drawn, only to show the finished product at the very end.

Now, it's entirely possible that they simply cut out because they beheaded the captives with a different weapon, which would make sense given that sawing through a human neck with only a knife is quite a painstaking and bloody ordeal. However, why wouldn't they simply film the full execution with a different weapon? If these videos were intended to send shockwaves through the world, wouldn't it display the full execution, in order to eliminate any doubt that it was faked? One would assume so, but this is not the case. So far, I have found no evidence that the videos are any longer than the ones currently posted, which only display a knife being held to the neck, followed by a severed head at the end. I don't know about you all, but this is awfully suspicious to me.

So again, I reiterate that I doubt these beheadings are even occurring and I refuse to believe it until some sort of verification is given, preferably in unedited video confirmation.

Unfortunately, the media are already spouting each and every new beheading as if it really occurred, despite a complete lack of evidence for each and every one. As a result, everyone believes these beheadings occurred and the only ones who don't are unfortunately the paranoid conspiracy theorists. That makes it all the more difficult for sane people like myself to criticize this sort of news.

What do you think of all this? I, for one, am highly suspicious of it all. I've been given no irrefutable evidence or reason to believe these beheadings are real, and it makes me wonder if they aren't just publicity stunts by the ISIS State to drum up controversy.

Previous Post: https://plus.google.com/+DavidGreene/posts/YketEJyfpQe

Tages: #ISIS   #ISISTerrorists   #BeheadingHoax   #DavidHaines   #ISISMilitants  ___

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2014-09-06 23:44:23 (0 comments, 0 reshares, 0 +1s)Open 

So I recently discovered this great Chrome Extension for Gmail. I'm not usually one to use unverified extensions, but this one is popular, well-established and safe as far as I can tell. Believe it or not, I replaced the +Gmail extension by Google with this one, it is so good.

The main benefit from this extension is that if you use multiple accounts or need to check your mail often but don't want to keep Gmail opened in a separate tab, this is definitely the extension for you. Best of all, it can provide desktop notifications for when you receive new mail even without Gmail open, which I've found to be invaluable.

I don't know about you guys, but I really recommend this extension.

So I recently discovered this great Chrome Extension for Gmail. I'm not usually one to use unverified extensions, but this one is popular, well-established and safe as far as I can tell. Believe it or not, I replaced the +Gmail extension by Google with this one, it is so good.

The main benefit from this extension is that if you use multiple accounts or need to check your mail often but don't want to keep Gmail opened in a separate tab, this is definitely the extension for you. Best of all, it can provide desktop notifications for when you receive new mail even without Gmail open, which I've found to be invaluable.

I don't know about you guys, but I really recommend this extension.___

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2014-09-04 19:43:56 (2 comments, 0 reshares, 2 +1s)Open 

Although she was quite before my time, she was nevertheless an important and prominent figure in the celebrity world. I was never all that familiar with her work, though it still came as a surprise when I heard of her death. She had always been quite a well-known name in Hollywood, and I suspect she will continue to be even after her death.

With the recent loss of comedian Robin Williams not so long ago, the death of another famous person in the entertainment field is all the more striking. For many, myself included, she will be missed.

Although she was quite before my time, she was nevertheless an important and prominent figure in the celebrity world. I was never all that familiar with her work, though it still came as a surprise when I heard of her death. She had always been quite a well-known name in Hollywood, and I suspect she will continue to be even after her death.

With the recent loss of comedian Robin Williams not so long ago, the death of another famous person in the entertainment field is all the more striking. For many, myself included, she will be missed.___

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2014-09-02 22:49:13 (0 comments, 0 reshares, 0 +1s)Open 

I actually kind of agree with China this time. Further sanctions on Russia won't really do much aside from possibly harm the economies of other countries (Russia doesn't seem very affected by them). If the EU, UN, or US want anything done about this, there needs to be political intervention. I'm not too keen on that either, though, to be honest.

I actually kind of agree with China this time. Further sanctions on Russia won't really do much aside from possibly harm the economies of other countries (Russia doesn't seem very affected by them). If the EU, UN, or US want anything done about this, there needs to be political intervention. I'm not too keen on that either, though, to be honest.___

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2014-09-02 21:31:20 (0 comments, 0 reshares, 1 +1s)Open 

I'm honestly beginning to wonder if that journalist, Steven Sotloff, was really beheaded. I've watched the actual video and seen some slow downs of the clip; it cuts out right before there is any blood drawn and it seems as if the purported "executor" is just rubbing the knife very close and quickly near the skin to give the illusion of a beheading beginning. Then, it goes to the body of what appears to be James Foley, with a severed head that seems very much like him laying on his torso. Well, from the footage this could very well be a faked beheading in order to instigate negotiations or possibly further media coverage of the ISIS movement.

I'm not proud to admit this, but I've watched numerous beheading videos before, including ones which were performed solely with a knife much like the one shown in the video. And listen, that's not how you behead a person. You... more »

I'm honestly beginning to wonder if that journalist, Steven Sotloff, was really beheaded. I've watched the actual video and seen some slow downs of the clip; it cuts out right before there is any blood drawn and it seems as if the purported "executor" is just rubbing the knife very close and quickly near the skin to give the illusion of a beheading beginning. Then, it goes to the body of what appears to be James Foley, with a severed head that seems very much like him laying on his torso. Well, from the footage this could very well be a faked beheading in order to instigate negotiations or possibly further media coverage of the ISIS movement.

I'm not proud to admit this, but I've watched numerous beheading videos before, including ones which were performed solely with a knife much like the one shown in the video. And listen, that's not how you behead a person. You either press down very hard or stab initially to create a starting incision. You only try to saw through the neck if the blade is serrated, which the knife in the video appears to not be.

Honestly, I hope the video was staged and Sotloff is still alive. And given the current evidence, I wouldn't be surprised if he is. Even if the US Government confirms his death, I'm sorry to say, but I won't believe it until I see full footage of the beheading. That video is just too damn suspicious to believe.

Numerous of the ISIS "beheadings" and the accompanying video footage bring up the same suspicions for me. If it weren't for the fact that I believe the ISIS organization is more than brutal enough to actually behead innocents, I would be pretty convinced that these so-called "beheadings" are actually cleverly orchestrated media stunts by ISIS in order to bring more attention to their cause. If this is indeed the case, it would be quite clever of them, especially if they still release these "dead" journalists from their hostage in the upcoming months.

What are your thoughts about all this? I find it all awfully suspicious, but I'm not convinced enough to take a stance just yet.

#StevenSotloff   #ISIS   #Sotloff   #Beheading   #BeheadingHoax  ___

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2014-09-02 17:08:51 (0 comments, 0 reshares, 0 +1s)Open 

This is by far one of the biggest blunders in regards to sheer ignorance on +CNN's behalf I've ever seen. Holy shit, this is such an embarrassment.

According to CNN:

- 4Chan is a person, maybe a system administrator
- "pa$$word" is a good password
- Hacking is against the law___This is by far one of the biggest blunders in regards to sheer ignorance on +CNN's behalf I've ever seen. Holy shit, this is such an embarrassment.

2014-09-02 16:44:47 (0 comments, 0 reshares, 0 +1s)Open 

Here's a rather interesting post (and embarrassing for them) regarding the so-called "developers" who are supporting that open letter to the gaming community.

Apparently, most of them are either not developers, just budding developers, or don't even work in the gaming industry.

EDIT: Oh and from what I've heard, apparently anyone can be placed on the list without even proof of credentials. Apparently, 4chan has submitted a few meme-related names in mockery, which have actually been included in the list. How laughable.

#GamerGate   #Quinnspiracy   #AnitaSarkeesian   #OpenLetter   #Gaming   #Games   #GamingCommunity  

Here's a rather interesting post (and embarrassing for them) regarding the so-called "developers" who are supporting that open letter to the gaming community.

Apparently, most of them are either not developers, just budding developers, or don't even work in the gaming industry.

EDIT: Oh and from what I've heard, apparently anyone can be placed on the list without even proof of credentials. Apparently, 4chan has submitted a few meme-related names in mockery, which have actually been included in the list. How laughable.

#GamerGate   #Quinnspiracy   #AnitaSarkeesian   #OpenLetter   #Gaming   #Games   #GamingCommunity  ___

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2014-09-02 15:56:41 (0 comments, 0 reshares, 0 +1s)Open 

While I can sympathize with the message of the open letter, I find that its integrity is seriously degraded by the fact that it is response to Anita Sarkeesian's claims of harassment and the controversy surrounding Zoe Quinn's Depression Quest. Regarding Anita Sarkeesian, I have no respect for the lady, first of all due to the fact that she is a bigot and injects her ideology into damn near everything she addresses, twisting the media she "reviews" in order to form a valid rhetoric to employ so that she can criticize just about anything as being sexist or oppressing to women. Secondly, her content always focuses on women, their role in video games, and how the female gender is portrayed in media, treating every damn piece of media as social commentary despite how much of the time it isn't.

As for Zoe Quinn, she was a liar and a manipulator who used sex to endorse her game,... more »

While I can sympathize with the message of the open letter, I find that its integrity is seriously degraded by the fact that it is response to Anita Sarkeesian's claims of harassment and the controversy surrounding Zoe Quinn's Depression Quest. Regarding Anita Sarkeesian, I have no respect for the lady, first of all due to the fact that she is a bigot and injects her ideology into damn near everything she addresses, twisting the media she "reviews" in order to form a valid rhetoric to employ so that she can criticize just about anything as being sexist or oppressing to women. Secondly, her content always focuses on women, their role in video games, and how the female gender is portrayed in media, treating every damn piece of media as social commentary despite how much of the time it isn't.

As for Zoe Quinn, she was a liar and a manipulator who used sex to endorse her game, and played the victim card by faking harassment from Wizardchan in order to drive up sales, which ultimately led to actual harassment and hate mail after her ex-boyfriend and independent investigations from numerous others revealed her to be the fraud and cheat that she was. Not to mention the fact that Depression Quest is hardly a game and not even that interesting, her reputation is pretty much soiled after this recent debacle, so using her as a source of inspiration probably isn't a wise idea.

Listen, I understand there is a lot of hate and inappropriate behavior in the gaming community. It clearly needs to stop, even when the target is someone like Anita Sarkeesian or Zoe Quinn. If these developers wished to make any sort of impact in the gaming community, though, perhaps they should have chosen a different inspirations than two infamous disgraces of the gaming scene. In the end, this "open letter" probably won't do much more than drum up further controversy, especially seeing how the initial drive for the letter was due to the rather harsh treatment of a known fraud and a reviewer known for very one-sided and politically-charged reviews of otherwise politically irrelevant media.

Feel free to check out the letter yourself. It's hardly even much of a letter, seeing how it's only a handful of sentences strummed together with 90% of the page's length being the names of those backing it. And yet, even something as small as this is already causing a revitalization of controversy that I'm pretty sure a lot of people would rather want forgotten and gone.___

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2014-08-30 10:17:38 (0 comments, 0 reshares, 0 +1s)Open 

Here's an interesting article from mid-2012 that I just now discovered. It certainly doesn't give me a lot of hope (it's actually pretty depressing), being overweight myself and wishing to lose weight, but it is definitely interesting. My only problem is that there are insufficient citations and, being from Cracked.com, its accuracy is questionable at best.

What are your thoughts on the matter?

Tags: #Fat   #Obesity   #Science   #Overweight   #WeightLoss   #Cracked   #WhatDoYouThink

Here's an interesting article from mid-2012 that I just now discovered. It certainly doesn't give me a lot of hope (it's actually pretty depressing), being overweight myself and wishing to lose weight, but it is definitely interesting. My only problem is that there are insufficient citations and, being from Cracked.com, its accuracy is questionable at best.

What are your thoughts on the matter?

Tags: #Fat   #Obesity   #Science   #Overweight   #WeightLoss   #Cracked   #WhatDoYouThink___

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2014-08-29 04:14:21 (0 comments, 0 reshares, 0 +1s)Open 

Fun Fact: Science and conscience is kind of like shit.

shit (v.)
Old English scitan, from Proto-Germanic skit- (cognates: North Frisian skitj, Dutch schijten, German scheissen), from PIE skei- "to cut, split, divide, separate" (see shed (v.)). The notion is of "separation" from the body (compare Latin excrementum, from excernere "to separate," Old English scearn "dung, muck," from scieran "to cut, shear;" see sharn). It is thus a cousin to science and conscience.

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[Courtesy of EtymOnline.com]

#shit   #etymology   #funfacts   #todayilearned  

Fun Fact: Science and conscience is kind of like shit.

shit (v.)
Old English scitan, from Proto-Germanic skit- (cognates: North Frisian skitj, Dutch schijten, German scheissen), from PIE skei- "to cut, split, divide, separate" (see shed (v.)). The notion is of "separation" from the body (compare Latin excrementum, from excernere "to separate," Old English scearn "dung, muck," from scieran "to cut, shear;" see sharn). It is thus a cousin to science and conscience.

(Asterisks removed due to formatting)

[Courtesy of EtymOnline.com]

#shit   #etymology   #funfacts   #todayilearned  ___

2014-08-29 03:12:04 (0 comments, 0 reshares, 0 +1s)Open 

I'm really liking the new updates to +YouTube. It looks and functions a bit better. I'm still not too happy with how Google is running the site, with the mandatory Google+ and overstrict copyright enforcement, but at least they're doing something with the site.

I'm really liking the new updates to +YouTube. It looks and functions a bit better. I'm still not too happy with how Google is running the site, with the mandatory Google+ and overstrict copyright enforcement, but at least they're doing something with the site.___

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2014-08-28 10:03:17 (0 comments, 0 reshares, 0 +1s)Open 

Here's an interesting article from +Khan Academy. Although it seems to emphasize a binary mindset system, I think the message is worth considering. What do you think?

The Learning Myth: Why I'll Never Tell My Son He's Smart by Salman Khan

Here's an interesting article from +Khan Academy. Although it seems to emphasize a binary mindset system, I think the message is worth considering. What do you think?

The Learning Myth: Why I'll Never Tell My Son He's Smart by Salman Khan___

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2014-08-26 22:46:24 (2 comments, 0 reshares, 4 +1s)Open 

Here's a new phishing scam targeting Steam users. It's very new and very well-made. Be sure to spread the word, those of you who use Steam.

Here's a new phishing scam targeting Steam users. It's very new and very well-made. Be sure to spread the word, those of you who use Steam.___

2014-08-22 20:31:13 (4 comments, 0 reshares, 0 +1s)Open 

So I just found out that apparently, my ex-fiancée made me a dating account before she left me. I just discovered it while looking through my spam and recognizing the name of a site I remember she mentioned.

Old scars can still sting as fresh as a fresh wound.

I'm closing the account down.

So I just found out that apparently, my ex-fiancée made me a dating account before she left me. I just discovered it while looking through my spam and recognizing the name of a site I remember she mentioned.

Old scars can still sting as fresh as a fresh wound.

I'm closing the account down.___

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2014-08-13 12:11:08 (0 comments, 0 reshares, 0 +1s)Open 

An interesting article. It seems like comedians are typically the most depressed, and the most prone to addiction and other vices. I always suspected this, but now psychologists are beginning to confirm this, something professional and amateur comedians alike have known for a long time.

To many, comedy can be an escape for those who are depressed, but intelligent or witty enough to put a humorous spin on their sadness. In the end, though, even a successful comedic career is usually not enough to stave off depression. It simply wasn't enough for comic legend Robin Williams.

He will be missed.

An interesting article. It seems like comedians are typically the most depressed, and the most prone to addiction and other vices. I always suspected this, but now psychologists are beginning to confirm this, something professional and amateur comedians alike have known for a long time.

To many, comedy can be an escape for those who are depressed, but intelligent or witty enough to put a humorous spin on their sadness. In the end, though, even a successful comedic career is usually not enough to stave off depression. It simply wasn't enough for comic legend Robin Williams.

He will be missed.___

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2014-08-12 01:08:20 (2 comments, 0 reshares, 3 +1s)Open 

Robin Williams was one of my favorite comedians and people in the celebrity world. He was funny, intelligent, creative, and an overall amazing person. Not only was his stand-up comedy superb, but his acting skills were flawless. Even on a personal level, Robin Williams distinguished himself from the rest of the celebrity crowd for his genuine and sincere nature. He didn't fake it like everyone else. He was as real as you can get.

Robin Williams wasn't just talented. He was also an avid poet and reader, a lover as well as a performer of the fine arts. He was as much a thinker as he was a comedian or actor. Though he seldom showed it, when Robin Williams spoke of a serious issue in the world, it would be wise of the world to listen. He was a legend of a man and as versed in the finer things of life as he was skilled in getting people to laugh.

He was also a philanthropist, a... more »

Robin Williams was one of my favorite comedians and people in the celebrity world. He was funny, intelligent, creative, and an overall amazing person. Not only was his stand-up comedy superb, but his acting skills were flawless. Even on a personal level, Robin Williams distinguished himself from the rest of the celebrity crowd for his genuine and sincere nature. He didn't fake it like everyone else. He was as real as you can get.

Robin Williams wasn't just talented. He was also an avid poet and reader, a lover as well as a performer of the fine arts. He was as much a thinker as he was a comedian or actor. Though he seldom showed it, when Robin Williams spoke of a serious issue in the world, it would be wise of the world to listen. He was a legend of a man and as versed in the finer things of life as he was skilled in getting people to laugh.

He was also a philanthropist, a generous benefactor who avidly supported a variety of charities in the hopes of bettering the world and all who live in it. Robin Williams devoted much of his time and energy to the charities, engaging in various fundraising efforts in order to fill the donations of the charities he supported.

There is much to this enigmatic, cultured man. Robin Williams was a monumental figure in the acting and comedic world, and he will continue to be as much even after his death. Though he is now gone, his charitable efforts will continue to help people all over the world; his performances and stand-up routines will provide comedic relief for millions of viewers; and his story will continue to inspire all who know it.


It was always my dream, ever since I was a young child, to meet Robin Williams in person. I looked up to him, a fatherly figure who was as much funny as he was smart. He was my hero, my idol, at one point in time. It was a goal of mine to shake his hand and hear his words, but now... I suppose the only place left to go would be his grave. Perhaps one day, I'll still get to pay respect to my former idol, even if he'll never know.

Rest in peace, Robin Williams. You will be missed.___

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2014-07-25 02:09:35 (0 comments, 0 reshares, 2 +1s)Open 

It's just one of those days.

It's just one of those days.___

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2014-07-18 04:52:45 (0 comments, 1 reshares, 0 +1s)Open 

Well, something strange has happened... For some reason, an account on Debate.org has been opened with the username "Nokkenbuer," an alias I have been using exclusively for over seven years and has been pretty much my unique signature since I began using the Internet.

The strange part is that I've never heard of Debate.org and I highly suspect someone is impersonating me. I sent in a message to Customer Support, and reported the profile. Hopefully, something can be done about this soon.

Copy of Message to Customer Support:

I just made this account, which I hope will be temporary.

Just moments ago, I was alerted via Google Alerts that a new search result has been indexed on Google involving my Internet alias, Nøkkenbuer (spelled "Nokkenbuer" when accents are not allowed). Apparently, a user has created an account with this as his... more »

Well, something strange has happened... For some reason, an account on Debate.org has been opened with the username "Nokkenbuer," an alias I have been using exclusively for over seven years and has been pretty much my unique signature since I began using the Internet.

The strange part is that I've never heard of Debate.org and I highly suspect someone is impersonating me. I sent in a message to Customer Support, and reported the profile. Hopefully, something can be done about this soon.

Copy of Message to Customer Support:

I just made this account, which I hope will be temporary.

Just moments ago, I was alerted via Google Alerts that a new search result has been indexed on Google involving my Internet alias, Nøkkenbuer (spelled "Nokkenbuer" when accents are not allowed). Apparently, a user has created an account with this as his username. Here is his account link:

http://www.debate.org/Nokkenbuer/

I do not recall creating any such account and I have never heard of this site before (though I may use it now, seeing how it appeals to me). Moreover, I find it highly suspicious that a random stranger would SOMEHOW come up with the VERY specific username of "Nokkenbuer," an alias I have myself been using for a little under seven years, ever since I was a child. [REDACTED].

This entire account stinks of impersonation and I would appreciate it if it were removed. In order to prevent this from occurring again, I have no issue closing this account and making one with my rightful username.

If you do not believe me, and would like further proof, contact me at nokkenbuer@gmail.com. This account's email is [REDACTED], an account which forwards emails to my main Gmail, which I used because I hope and expect to assign my main email to the real account I'll be using. If this is not sufficient proof, feel free to contact me on my Google+, where I am quite active. If you would like for me to post on my Google+ specifically mentioning this issue, I will do so.

My Google+ is: https://plus.google.com/+DavidGreene/about

Alternatively, you can contact me on any of the other accounts I have listed in my "links" section, all of which use the monikers "Nokkenbuer" or "Nøkkenbuer." This includes my reddit, Answer.com, Wikipedia Account, blog (https://nokkenbuer.blogspot.com/), and many others.

I would appreciate any help with this issue. I take impersonation very seriously, for I have been impersonated in the past by people who I have angered during a debate or argument. I apologize for the trouble, but hopefully we can resolve this quickly and effectively.

Thank you.___

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2014-07-14 19:40:42 (2 comments, 0 reshares, 0 +1s)Open 

"Scientists Discover Atheists Psychologically Cannot Exist"

I have yet to find a link from a more credible source, but from what I read it seems pretty understandable. I disagree with the absurd claim that "atheism/atheists cannot exist" because it poses a false dichotomy, but I nevertheless agree with its sentiments. I've long suspected that spirituality is a deeply-ingrained part of the human condition and psyche, religious or not, and that it serves an important evolutionary role.

I need to stress that this supposed new finding doesn't imply the existence of God, only imply the necessity of religion and spirituality. At least to me, this isn't surprising news.

What are your thoughts? And if anyone can find a more credible or detailed article, please by all means post it.

"Scientists Discover Atheists Psychologically Cannot Exist"

I have yet to find a link from a more credible source, but from what I read it seems pretty understandable. I disagree with the absurd claim that "atheism/atheists cannot exist" because it poses a false dichotomy, but I nevertheless agree with its sentiments. I've long suspected that spirituality is a deeply-ingrained part of the human condition and psyche, religious or not, and that it serves an important evolutionary role.

I need to stress that this supposed new finding doesn't imply the existence of God, only imply the necessity of religion and spirituality. At least to me, this isn't surprising news.

What are your thoughts? And if anyone can find a more credible or detailed article, please by all means post it.___

2014-06-21 16:19:58 (1 comments, 0 reshares, 0 +1s)Open 

Day 3 and I'm already feeling the pain. How about you?

Day 3 and I'm already feeling the pain. How about you?___

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2014-06-15 18:11:01 (5 comments, 0 reshares, 0 +1s)Open 

This is by far the most absurd, utterly insane "historical" revision of human history and the formation of the universe I've ever encountered.

"I'm not saying this is fact, I'm simply saying: decided for yourself."

He then presents his speculative bullshit as if it were facts, offering no sources or citations and no evidence for his absurd claims. This should be labeled as "Comedy" for how laughably stupid it is, not "Education."

To be honest, I pretty much consider anyone who took any of these senseless ramblings seriously as either mentally impaired or extremely gullible. Only the most daft fools believe this nonsense.

This is by far the most absurd, utterly insane "historical" revision of human history and the formation of the universe I've ever encountered.

"I'm not saying this is fact, I'm simply saying: decided for yourself."

He then presents his speculative bullshit as if it were facts, offering no sources or citations and no evidence for his absurd claims. This should be labeled as "Comedy" for how laughably stupid it is, not "Education."

To be honest, I pretty much consider anyone who took any of these senseless ramblings seriously as either mentally impaired or extremely gullible. Only the most daft fools believe this nonsense.___

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2014-06-15 13:53:10 (1 comments, 0 reshares, 2 +1s)Open 

Honestly, I don't care if it's a wise move. +Barack Obama is serving his final term in office as president, so there's pretty much no concern over any reelection. Moreover, his alleged "mocking" comments were actually very factual:

In a commencement address given for graduates of the University of California at Irvine, Mr. Obama likened climate-change deniers in Congress to people who thought the moon was made of cheese and called them a "fairly serious threat to everybody’s future."

The fact of the matter is that overwhelming scientific research has proven time and time again that not only is climate change real, and not only is it happening at this very moment, but that humans are likely the primary cause of it. It's absurd that approximately 43% of citizens in the United States reject these findings, many of whom dismiss them as being skewedfo... more »

Honestly, I don't care if it's a wise move. +Barack Obama is serving his final term in office as president, so there's pretty much no concern over any reelection. Moreover, his alleged "mocking" comments were actually very factual:

In a commencement address given for graduates of the University of California at Irvine, Mr. Obama likened climate-change deniers in Congress to people who thought the moon was made of cheese and called them a "fairly serious threat to everybody’s future."

The fact of the matter is that overwhelming scientific research has proven time and time again that not only is climate change real, and not only is it happening at this very moment, but that humans are likely the primary cause of it. It's absurd that approximately 43% of citizens in the United States reject these findings, many of whom dismiss them as being skewed for political reasons. I understand that a politician needs to be delicate with his choice of words and cater to his constituents (usually with hopes of reelection), but seeing how it seems people will hate Obama no matter what he does, I think he made the right decision to make such bold statements.

What do you think?___

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2014-06-10 23:54:50 (0 comments, 0 reshares, 0 +1s)Open 

I came across this article during my browsing and I thought some of you may find this interesting.

Quoted from the article:
"According to the Center for Disease Control’s national survey on sexual violence, more than 5 million men in the United States have been “made to penetrate” someone else in their lifetime, whether by coercion, intimidation, or because they were incapacitated. In a largely overlooked study focusing exclusively on college males, 51.2 percent of participants reported experiencing a least one incident of sexual victimization, including unwanted sexual contact (21.7 percent), sexual coercion (12.4 percent) and rape (17.1 percent).  Of course, most men assume they’ll be ostracized for reporting such emasculating violations, so the real numbers are likely at lot higher."

Regarding my opinion on this whole topic, I'm not sure whether it can beclassifi... more »

I came across this article during my browsing and I thought some of you may find this interesting.

Quoted from the article:
"According to the Center for Disease Control’s national survey on sexual violence, more than 5 million men in the United States have been “made to penetrate” someone else in their lifetime, whether by coercion, intimidation, or because they were incapacitated. In a largely overlooked study focusing exclusively on college males, 51.2 percent of participants reported experiencing a least one incident of sexual victimization, including unwanted sexual contact (21.7 percent), sexual coercion (12.4 percent) and rape (17.1 percent).  Of course, most men assume they’ll be ostracized for reporting such emasculating violations, so the real numbers are likely at lot higher."

Regarding my opinion on this whole topic, I'm not sure whether it can be classified as rape unless we change the definition of rape. Under its current definition, such sexual violations are definitely not rape in any form. If we consider rape as a non-consensual sexual encounter, then rape is definitely what these women committed. The main issue, however, lies in whether a sexual violation must be universal between both sexes, which is the current legal view of the crime. Since erections can only occur in males, does that mean a sexual violation that exclusively involves an erect penis on the victim's behalf—such as "made to penetrate" cases—is rape? And if not, then what would it be classified as being? Male-specific sexual assault? This is problematic because rape holds much more legal weight than a sexual assault, just as murder is much more criminal than manslaughter, though both largely involve similar actions and yield similar results.

I personally believe we should redefine rape as any aggressive, non-consensual penetrative or penetrating sexual encounter against the receiver. A rape classification should not require an act which is universal between sexes, such as penetrative sexual conduct, but should also include penetrating conduct. I emphasize that rape should not require sexual conduct which is universal to the sexes because vaginal penetrative sex is already a form of rape, which is a female-specific. Why, then, should a male-specific form of rape not be accepted under the legal definition?

What matters in the end is that men and boys alike are also the victims of rape, not just sexual assault, and while all rape should be condemned, there is a serious misconception in society regarding males being victims of it. Now is the time to focus on combating rape and sexual assault, and not just the rape and sexual assault of women. There is an entire half of the human population that's being ignored. It's time we give them their voice.___

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2014-04-21 03:52:12 (6 comments, 0 reshares, 3 +1s)Open 

(I had typed something similar, but much less detailed, on April 20, 2013, but it was unfortunately removed after being reported by some idiot who thought I was celebrating Hitler's birth. I'm not. This is an alternative analysis of Adolf Hitler's life and legacy, not a celebration of it.)

Today is April 20, 2014. Typically on this day, people celebrate—or at least talk about—that today is 43rd annual Weed Day. Pro-legalization advocacy groups pump out more propaganda, opponents of "reefer madness" come out in force to condemn the lazy potheads, and people (teens and oldies alike) roll a joint or smoke a blunt in observance of this unofficial holiday.

Today is also the last Sunday of April and, according to the legend, (approximately) the 1,985th anniversary of Jesus Christ's crucifixion and divine resurrection three days later. To celebrate, Christianseve... more »

(I had typed something similar, but much less detailed, on April 20, 2013, but it was unfortunately removed after being reported by some idiot who thought I was celebrating Hitler's birth. I'm not. This is an alternative analysis of Adolf Hitler's life and legacy, not a celebration of it.)

Today is April 20, 2014. Typically on this day, people celebrate—or at least talk about—that today is 43rd annual Weed Day. Pro-legalization advocacy groups pump out more propaganda, opponents of "reefer madness" come out in force to condemn the lazy potheads, and people (teens and oldies alike) roll a joint or smoke a blunt in observance of this unofficial holiday.

Today is also the last Sunday of April and, according to the legend, (approximately) the 1,985th anniversary of Jesus Christ's crucifixion and divine resurrection three days later. To celebrate, Christians everywhere tell their children the tale of a giant bunny, representative of an ancient pagan fertility goddess, that lays candied eggs for youngsters to collect and greedily hoard from friends and family alike. In doing so, they celebrate the divinity of the Son of God.

There was another event in human history, however, that is arguably much more significant (at least in respect to Weed Day) and by far much darker, yet all the more neglected. On this day in 1889, at the Gasthof zum Pommer (a local inn located in Braunau am Inn, Austria-Hungary, a small town bordering Bavaria, Germany), a Polish peasant woman named Klara Pölzl, with her husband Alois, gave birth to a young boy. His name was Adolf Hitler.

Today is the 125th birthday of Adolf Hitler, the Führer und Reichskanzler of the Third Reich. While so many others post and comment on Weed Day or the Day of Our Lord's Resurrection, this year I will pay heed to the Day of the Dictator. As terrible and tyrannical as the devil of a man Hitler was, we as a society must remember that without his actions, the world as we know it would be much different and (dare I say?) potentially much worse.

Adolf Hitler helped pave the way for the modern era, an era of decreasing segregation and increasing diversification, where racism is on the run and racial tolerance is a respectable trait. How did the leader of the Nazi Party; executor of the Holocaust and persecution of ethnic minorities; and one of the most antisemitic, racist white supremacists help end racism? Hitler's racial intolerance and the atrocities he committed, or helped influence, against millions across the globe set a precedent of the extent of human hatred and exhibited to the world the dangers of permitting such people to hold positions of political power.

Hitler unintentionally made an example of the pain and suffering to which destructive ideologies like racism and nationalism can lead if given the opportunity to flourish in the minds of the populace and the seats of its governing bodies. Though his intention was to cultivate racism and his own arbitrary form of hate-based eugenics, in the end Adolf Hitler showed the world exactly why we as a species must fight against unjust discrimination and hatred based on social, ethnic, or cultural paradigms. Hitler's mission as the Führer was to spread hatred and yet in the end, all he did was help the world realize that the hatred needs to end.

Hitler unknowingly helped build the more tolerant and egalitarian society in which we now live by playing the villain. As unfortunate as it is that so many had to die so miserably, their sacrifice—both the victims of hate and guardians of freedom—helped leave a permanent stain in human history, a lesson I hope we will never forget.

ADOLF HITLER: A (NOT SO) SHORT SUMMARY

Hitler's Youth
Young Adolf was a trouble child with a troubled childhood. He openly defied his father and refused to conform to both the discipline of his parents and the strictures of his school. He showed much promise, however, and quickly became popular among both students and mentors. His teachers saw his exceptional intellectual prowess and his peers admired him for his savvy leadership skills. At the age of 8, Hitler had discovered his knack for singing beautifully in church choir and at one point even considered becoming a priest.

After his younger brother, Edmund, died of measles on February 2, 1900, he changed. The death of Edmund deeply affected young Adolf. Once a lively, outgoing young boy with a conscientious mind and bursting with confidence, Adolf Hitler became emotionally disconnected and sullen. At the impressionable age of 10, the end of Edmund's life triggered the beginning of Hitler's new one as the dark and deeply disturbed figure we know so well today.

Young Adulthood
Living a bohemian lifestyle, Hitler as a young adult was an aspiring (and struggling) artist. Painting with watercolors was his mode of expression. Seeking to further his dream, he applied at The Academy of Fine Arts Vienna, but was rejected both times because of his "unfitness for painting." The director of the academy suggested Hitler take up architecture, but lacking the proper credentials, he was unable to pursue that path either. After his second rejection, Hitler was broke and his poverty forced him to settle at the Meldemannstraße dormitory for poor working men in 1910 after a year of homeless destitution. During this time, Vienna was in the midst of growing religious prejudice and racism, especially against immigrants, many of whom were Jews. Although difficult to pinpoint, scholars generally agree that Hitler developed his strong antisemitism during his time living in Vienna, and by the time he left the city (possibly to avoid conscription by the Austrian army) to live at his father's recently-inherited estate, Hitler's hatred for Jews was thriving deep within his embittered heart.

Military Career
After failing his physical exam and deemed unfit for service by the Austrian army, Adolf Hitler volunteered to serve in the Bavarian Army as an Austrian citizen. He served as a dispatch runner on the Western Front in France and Belgium in the Bavarian Reserve Infantry Regiment 16 (1st Company of the List Regiment), and, after being wounded at the Battle of the Somme, was decorated for bravery, receiving the Iron Cross, Second Class, in 1914. At the recommendation German-Jewish World War I veteran Hugo Gutmann, Hitler also received the Iron Cross, First Class, on August 4, 1918, a rare honor for someone of his rank (Gefreiter). On May 18, 1918, he received the Black Wound Badge.

On October 15, 1918, Hitler was temporarily blinded by a mustard gas attack. While hospitalized in Pasewalk, he learned of Germany's defeat. With a growing antisemitism in his heart and an embittered hatred for immigrants that he developed during his time in Vienna, Hitler bought into the "stabbed-in-the-back myth," or Dolchstoßlegende, that was popular among German right-wingers. Instead of just blaming Marxists and traitorous civilian leaders, however, Hitler also blamed "die Juden," especially Marxist Jews, for leading to Germany's failure in World War I.After witnessing what he saw as the disgracing and humiliation of Germany and its peoples, Adolf Hitler vowed to avenge the country and punish the traitors, especially the Marxists and Jews, for their treachery.

Returning to Munich after World War I, Hitler was recruited as an intelligence agent, assigned to influence other soldiers and to infiltrate the German Workers' Party (DAP). While monitoring the DAP, he was drawn to the antisemitic, nationalist, anti-capitalist, and anti-Marxist ideas of its founder, Anton Drexler. Impressed by Hitler's oratory skills, Drexler invited the young man to join the DAP and on September 12, 1919, Adolf Hitler became the 55th member of the party. Around this time, he was also exposed to the occultism he would later embrace after meeting fellow DAP founder Dietrich Eckhart, who was also a member of the Thule Society, a German occultist and völkisch group in Munich. Eckhart decided to mentor Hitler, expanding the man's understanding of Munich and introducing him a wide range of its people.

From Fighting in One World War to Starting Another
Seeking to grow its membership, the German Workers' Party (DAP) formally changed its name to the National Socialist German Workers Party (NSDAP). To go along with the new change in its name, the NSDAP employed their newest member and his artistic skills to design a banner representing the party. After some thought, Adolf Hitler settled with the design of a swastika in a white circle on a red background. On March 31, 1920, Hitler was discharged from the army and became a full-fledged member of the NSDAP and the best orator in the party, with speeches most noted for his harsh diatribes against the Treaty of Versailles, rival political leaders, and especially against Marxists and Jews. Being a hotbed for anti-government German nationalism, Munich was the perfect place for Hitler to start his political career. Unfortunately for Hitler, however, the other members of the NSDAP saw him as too overbearing. In response, Hitler angrily resigned his position. Knowing that Hitler's resignation would mean the end of the NSDAP, however, they asked that Hitler would rejoin. He agreed, but only on two conditions: that the party's headquarters would remain in Munich and that he would replace Drexler as party chairman. The party accepted, though dissent and opposition to Hitler continued to fester. After a series of powerful speeches, however, he was granted absolute power as chairman of the party with only one nay vote cast.

Hitler continued to give speeches to his fellow members and public audiences, developing his rhetoric and adopting populist themes in order to attract a greater demographic. Though still having difficulties leaving lasting impressions on those with whom he met privately, Adolf became a highly skilled rhetorician and orator. Nevertheless, Hitler seemed to only attract Germans. As journalist H. R. Knickerbocker noted, it was as if all non-Germans were immune to his words.

In 1923, Adolf Hitler enlisted the help of World War I General Erich Ludendorff to aid in his attempted coup, known now as the Beer Hall Putsch. Trying to emulate Benito Mussolini's "March on Rome" in 1923 and modeling the party's appearance and policies after Italian Fascism, Hitler staged a coup of his own in Bavaria, followed by a challenge to the government in Berlin. Both Hitler and Ludendorff sought the support of Gustav Ritter von Kahr, Bavaria's de facto ruler and state commissioner. Kahr, along with Police Chief Hans Ritter von Seißer and Reichswehr General Otto von Lossow, wished to install a nationalist dictatorship, but without Hitler.

A violent conflict ensued during one of Kahr's speeches on November 8, 1923, when Hitler and his Nazi militia, the Sturmabteilung (SA, "Stormtroopers"), stormed the beer hall and demanded their support at gunpoint. After initially pledging their support, Kahr and his consorts quickly withdrew their pledges and refused to join Hitler in his coup. Refusing to take no for an answer, Hitler and his supporters marched from the beer hall to the Bavarian War Ministry to overthrow the Bavarian government, but the police dispersed them with deadly force.

Hitler's Imprisonment and the Writing of Mein Kampf
Hitler was arrested and charged with high treason, where he was sentenced by the special People's Court in Munich on April 1, 1924, to five years imprisonment at Landsberg prison. Despite the charges, he received friendly treatment by the guards and permitted exclusive rights to receive mail from his supporters and regular visits by party members.

Against objections from the state prosecutor, the Bavarian Supreme Court issued a pardon to Hitler and by the time he was released from prison, he had served just over a year of his five-year sentence. During that time, however, he managed to write his infamous autobiography, Mein Kampf ("My Struggle"), originally titled Four and a Half Years of Struggle against Lies, Stupidity, and Cowardice. In this book, Hitler outlined and finalized his political and racial ideologies.

By the time Hitler was released from prison, the political atmosphere had cooled significantly and the economy had improved, thereby limiting his chances of rousing the public into action. After the failed coup, the NSDAP and its affiliated organizations were banned in Bavaria. In addition, Hitler was banned from public speaking. It wasn't long until both bans were lifted and Hitler was back in business. Then, the United States stock market crashed.

A Rising to Power
The resulting Great Depression threw Germany into its own severe economic depression, paving the way for Hitler's rise back into power. Taking advantage of the political opportunity, Hitler renounced his Austrian citizenship, but did not become a German citizen until seven years later on February 25, 1932, when the interior minister of Brunswick (who was a member of the NSDAP) appointed Hitler as administrator for the state's delegation to the Reichsrat in Berlin. Following his new citizenship, he ran against Hindenburg in the presidential elections and used his oratory prowess to win the support and favor from many of Germany's most powerful and prominent industrialists. When the results came in, Hitler had garnered 35% of the vote in the final election. Although he lost to Hindenburg, he established himself as a strong reckoning force in the German political sphere. He was such a strong influence in politics, in fact, that the industrialists and businessmen he befriended, along with two influential politicians, Franz von Papen and Alfred Hugenberg, wrote a letter to Hindenburg urging him to appoint Adolf Hitler as chancellor, which he reluctantly did after feeling pressure from the absence of a an effective government.

After securing the passage of Reichstag Fire Decree and manipulating the newly elected Reichstag through forced detention of dissenting Reichstag members and a prohibition of Communist members from attending, Hitler brought the Enabling Act to a vote. Employing the aforementioned tools to ensure its passage, the Enabling Act was voted into allow, thereby providing the German Cabinet (essentially Hitler) the power to enact laws without the involvement of the Reichstag. In doing so, through both the Enabling Act and the Reichstag Fire Decree, Hitler transformed the government into Hitler's own personal de facto legal dictatorship.

With full control over the legislative and executive branches of the government, Hitler and his political allies suppressed the remaining political opposition, strengthening his grasp over Germany. Trade unions were forced to dissolve and their leaders were arrested; the German Labour Front was formed to represent all workers, administrators, and company owners, furthering Hitler's national socialist ideals; and by the end of June, all other parties were intimidated into disbanding, including the Nazi Party's nominal coalition partner, the DNVP. On July 14, 1933, the NSDAP was declared the only legal political party in Germany.

When the SA began to demand more political and military power and caused anxiety among the German military, industrial, and political leaders, Hitler ordered for the devout Nazi militia group to be purged via "Blood Order," an event later known as The Night of the Long Knives. Ernst Röhm and other leaders of the Sturmabteilung, along with a number of political adversaries, were rounded up, arrested, and shot. While many in the international community and even some Germans within Germany were shocked by the mass murders, many in Germany saw Hitler as restoring order.

A Crowning Achievement
On August 2, 1934, President Hindenburg died. The previous day, however, the German Cabinet had enacted the "Law Concerning the Highest State Office of the Reich," which stated that upon Hindenburg's death, the office of the president would be abolished and its powers merged with those of the chancellor. Thusly, Hitler became the head of both state and government, and was formally named Führer und Reichskanzler (leader and chancellor) of Germany. This law contradicted the Enabling Act, however, so Hitler and the cabinet revised the new law to delegate presidential authority to the president of the High Court of Justice, rather than the chancellor, rendering him acting president pending new elections. This last move was the final legal remedy to eliminate any possibility that he could be legally removed from office.

Being head of state, Hitler became Supreme Commander of the armed forces. The traditional loyalty oath of servicemen was altered to affirm loyalty to Hitler personally, rather than to the office of Supreme Commander or the State. By roughly mid-August, the merger of the presidency with the chancellorship was approved by 90% of the electorate voting in a plebiscite.

Through blackmail, deceit, and subterfuge, Hitler established himself as supreme leader of the German nation. By submitting false allegations, passing detainment and prohibition laws, and silencing even the slightest of criticism or dissent, Adolf Hitler secured his position as the absolute sovereign ruler of all of Germany. Not only was he the Leader and Chancellor, not only the Supreme Commander and Head of both State and Government—he was revered by the German people as a god. With this unbridled power in his hands, he then used it to unleash the single greatest and most destructive war to have ever disgraced the human race. And only after 45–90 million people died did Hitler add another, dissatisfied that he did not kill more.

Conclusion
Adolf Hitler was an idealist and an artist, a leader and a speaker, a killer and an executor. A man with a brilliant mind, but an embittered and troubled heart, Hitler went from a conscientious young boy who sang in church choir and aspired to become a priest to a ruthless dictator who would stop at nothing to perfect the human race through purge and persecution.

He was a great man. He was greatly loved by his people, greatly hated by his foes, and greatly disturbed in his soul. Whether what Hitler did was for personal gain or for something greater, only he knows. What he did, however, is clear for all to see, read, hear, and witness through the annals of mid-20th century history. Nevertheless, regardless of whether you praise him as a god or damn him as a devil, no matter if you consider him a saint or see him as a sinner, the pain and suffering he caused is obvious. Arguably the most hated man in history, Adolf Hitler is one of the only men in history who can be credited with having intentionally caused the deaths of millions.

And yet, had this vile man never lived, if the Holocaust never occurred, and if the hell of the Second World War had not come to pass, I dare argue that this world would not have been a better place. If there is such a thing as destiny, then it was Hitler's destiny to fail, but only after he inadvertently taught the world and all its inhabitants the price of intolerance.

Adolf Hitler's intent was dark and it was cruel, through his inhumanity we learned to be more humane. Through his darkness, we found light. Borne from the aftermath of Hitler's reign was a race of people, a single race composed of blacks and whites, Jews and Gentiles, Asian and American—the human race. Believe it or not, Hitler helped us realize this. And although it would be absurd to thank him for all the terrible pain, death, and suffering he caused, I suggest we be proud of ourselves for having learned so well a lesson we would inevitably have been taught, if only so that we don't have to be taught it again.

EDIT: This post was originally posted on April 20, 2014 and remained unedited. I noticed, however, that I was a fool and accidentally put "April 20, 2014" where I should have put "April 20, 2013" in the very beginning. I just couldn't let that go, so I changed it. Oh well for a perfect post!___

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2014-04-20 04:29:42 (2 comments, 0 reshares, 6 +1s)Open 

A powerful song sung by a legend of a man.

Johnny Cash "Hurt" (Official Music Video)

You can see the age showing in his every move, the sorrow weighing down his every word, and the pain penetrating the silence that surrounds him. His very eyes tell you a tale of regret; his words simply tell you what you already know. No one, not even the artists of the song (Nine Inch Nails), could have sung this song so powerfully. Of all his timeless works, I must say that his cover of "Hurt" is arguably his most profound performance.

The lyrics are a masterpiece, originally written by Nine Inch Nails lead vocalist Trent Reznor. The video is flawless, a testimony to both writer and singer and a vocal epitaph for the latter. The song is powerful, sung by a man with a voice that bellows baritone deep into your soul. The singer is hurt, regretting all that he did and all he could have done differently. John "Johnny" R. Cash was not a perfect man and this song, though only a cover, tells his life story better than anyone or anything ever could.

If you plan on listening to this song, watch the music video that originally came with it. I can guarantee you that your eyes, however dry at the beginning, will no longer be at the end.

Rest in peace, Johnny Cash. You were not just a legend; you were the face of the human condition and, more specifically, of the human heart.

Lyrics:
I hurt myself today 
To see if I still feel 
I focus on the pain 
The only thing that's real 
The needle tears a hole
The old familiar sting 
Try to kill it all away 
But I remember everything 

[Chorus:]
What have I become 
My sweetest friend 
Everyone I know goes away 
In the end 
And you could have it all 
My empire of dirt 
I will let you down 
I will make you hurt 

I wear this crown of thorns 
Upon my liar's chair 
Full of broken thoughts 
I cannot repair 
Beneath the stains of time 
The feelings disappear 
You are someone else 
I am still right here 

[Chorus:]
What have I become 
My sweetest friend 
Everyone I know goes away 
In the end 
And you could have it all 
My empire of dirt 
I will let you down 
I will make you hurt 

If I could start again 
A million miles away 
I would keep myself 
I would find a way___A powerful song sung by a legend of a man.

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2014-04-20 04:26:01 (9 comments, 9 reshares, 42 +1s)Open 

Johnny Cash "Hurt" (Official Music Video)

You can see the age showing in his every move, the sorrow weighing down his every word, and the pain penetrating the silence that surrounds him. His very eyes tell you a tale of regret; his words simply tell you what you already know. No one, not even the artists of the song (Nine Inch Nails), could have sung this song so powerfully. Of all his timeless works, I must say that his cover of "Hurt" is arguably his most profound performance.

The lyrics are a masterpiece, originally written by Nine Inch Nails lead vocalist Trent Reznor. The video is flawless, a testimony to both writer and singer and a vocal epitaph for the latter. The song is powerful, sung by a man with a voice that bellows baritone deep into your soul. The singer is hurt, regretting all that he did and all he could have done differently. John... more »

Johnny Cash "Hurt" (Official Music Video)

You can see the age showing in his every move, the sorrow weighing down his every word, and the pain penetrating the silence that surrounds him. His very eyes tell you a tale of regret; his words simply tell you what you already know. No one, not even the artists of the song (Nine Inch Nails), could have sung this song so powerfully. Of all his timeless works, I must say that his cover of "Hurt" is arguably his most profound performance.

The lyrics are a masterpiece, originally written by Nine Inch Nails lead vocalist Trent Reznor. The video is flawless, a testimony to both writer and singer and a vocal epitaph for the latter. The song is powerful, sung by a man with a voice that bellows baritone deep into your soul. The singer is hurt, regretting all that he did and all he could have done differently. John "Johnny" R. Cash was not a perfect man and this song, though only a cover, tells his life story better than anyone or anything ever could.

If you plan on listening to this song, watch the music video that originally came with it. I can guarantee you that your eyes, however dry at the beginning, will no longer be at the end.

Rest in peace, Johnny Cash. You were not just a legend; you were the face of the human condition and, more specifically, of the human heart.

Lyrics:
I hurt myself today 
To see if I still feel 
I focus on the pain 
The only thing that's real 
The needle tears a hole
The old familiar sting 
Try to kill it all away 
But I remember everything 

[Chorus:]
What have I become 
My sweetest friend 
Everyone I know goes away 
In the end 
And you could have it all 
My empire of dirt 
I will let you down 
I will make you hurt 

I wear this crown of thorns 
Upon my liar's chair 
Full of broken thoughts 
I cannot repair 
Beneath the stains of time 
The feelings disappear 
You are someone else 
I am still right here 

[Chorus:]
What have I become 
My sweetest friend 
Everyone I know goes away 
In the end 
And you could have it all 
My empire of dirt 
I will let you down 
I will make you hurt 

If I could start again 
A million miles away 
I would keep myself 
I would find a way___

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2014-04-14 20:51:50 (0 comments, 0 reshares, 0 +1s)Open 

Well damn.

Sigh. ___Well damn.

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2014-04-01 10:40:37 (0 comments, 0 reshares, 1 +1s)Open 

As someone seeking to get a doctorate degree in philosophy, this is definitely encouraging.

Thanks again, +The Atlantic, for yet another thorough analysis.

Humanities Ph.D.s are all around—and they're not serving coffee. http://theatln.tc/1hcw3BG___As someone seeking to get a doctorate degree in philosophy, this is definitely encouraging.

Thanks again, +The Atlantic, for yet another thorough analysis.

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2014-04-01 10:31:25 (0 comments, 0 reshares, 1 +1s)Open 

Via +The Huffington Post for +1'ing the post.

Exactly___Via +The Huffington Post for +1'ing the post.

2014-03-29 20:45:26 (24 comments, 0 reshares, 2 +1s)Open 

Announcement: Yesterday, I proposed to my girlfriend and today, I am now engaged!

Announcement: Yesterday, I proposed to my girlfriend and today, I am now engaged!___

2014-03-27 07:05:09 (1 comments, 0 reshares, 2 +1s)Open 

I usually keep my personal life somewhat private, though I do have some news I am proud to share.

I have been in a long-distance relationship with this girl I met for a little under four years now and during that time we have learned more about each other before actually meeting than most people will know about their own spouses in a lifetime. Throughout these years, I have experienced more with her than many will with their closest lover, discovered more about her than anyone will ever know, and shared more about myself to her than I ever thought I would. I regret many things in my life, more than I can imagine, but I have never regretted even for a moment being with her. She truly is the love of my life.

On February 22, I finally met the love of my life in person. She flew down to spend nearly a month with me at my house and during this time, I have gotten to discover more about her... more »

I usually keep my personal life somewhat private, though I do have some news I am proud to share.

I have been in a long-distance relationship with this girl I met for a little under four years now and during that time we have learned more about each other before actually meeting than most people will know about their own spouses in a lifetime. Throughout these years, I have experienced more with her than many will with their closest lover, discovered more about her than anyone will ever know, and shared more about myself to her than I ever thought I would. I regret many things in my life, more than I can imagine, but I have never regretted even for a moment being with her. She truly is the love of my life.

On February 22, I finally met the love of my life in person. She flew down to spend nearly a month with me at my house and during this time, I have gotten to discover more about her than I ever thought possible. I must admit, it has been more difficult than I expected, but in the end I do not doubt it was worth all the trouble... and the wait.

Currently, I am in northwest Florida for the next couple or so weeks, beginning last Thursday (March 20), visiting her abode and meeting her family.

Despite all the troubles and problems we've faced, from the arguments we shared to the fights we've had, this has by far been the happiest time in my life thus far. I never thought I could love someone so dearly, but I'm glad I found out. And as for those arguments and fights, it brings me joy every time I look back on them because no matter how bad, every single time it ended in resolution—or at least on a loving note.

And sweetheart, if you're reading this, I just wanted to say: I love you.___

2014-02-06 03:25:30 (0 comments, 0 reshares, 0 +1s)Open 

I recently found out that while my mother was seeking an affordable insurance plan, Obamacare is actually more expensive than most of the other insurance plans offered. However, this is primarily due to the fact that Gov. Rick Perry (R-TX) blocked parts of Obamacare's implementation, including the federal subsidies given to participants, which would drastically lower the cost of the insurance and thereby making it affordable.

Having experienced this dilemma myself, I feel obligated to ask: is the unaffordability of the insurance provided by the Affordable Care Act caused by Republican measures to prevent its full implementation in many states or is it a problem with the reform bill itself? Or is it something else entirely?

I expect varying responses to this post and encourage the sharing of them all. I myself am undecided as to what I should think of this.

I recently found out that while my mother was seeking an affordable insurance plan, Obamacare is actually more expensive than most of the other insurance plans offered. However, this is primarily due to the fact that Gov. Rick Perry (R-TX) blocked parts of Obamacare's implementation, including the federal subsidies given to participants, which would drastically lower the cost of the insurance and thereby making it affordable.

Having experienced this dilemma myself, I feel obligated to ask: is the unaffordability of the insurance provided by the Affordable Care Act caused by Republican measures to prevent its full implementation in many states or is it a problem with the reform bill itself? Or is it something else entirely?

I expect varying responses to this post and encourage the sharing of them all. I myself am undecided as to what I should think of this.___

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2014-02-06 03:09:13 (0 comments, 0 reshares, 1 +1s)Open 

I feel much the same way. It's so saddening that people are so obstinate when it comes to accepting reality. Over the millennia, the idea and concept of God has been reformed and revised in order to fit alongside recent scientific discoveries. In recent years, however, resistance to scientific progress by religious fundamentalists has increased to the point that many are quite deluded when it comes to even the most basic of scientific principles. It's disheartening, really.

You can see the earnest confidence in the eyes of every single one of these people, and that's the most heartbreaking part.  There isn't an argument here that isn't pretty trivially refuted, so it forces me to ask what their lives are like that nobody who loves them, who cares about them, who's concerned with their wellbeing hasn't sat them down and explained the simple things.

I don't doubt that they're surrounded by love, I just wonder how neither they nor their closest nor the closest to those have anyone willing and able to help them see the real beauty of all we know about the world.___I feel much the same way. It's so saddening that people are so obstinate when it comes to accepting reality. Over the millennia, the idea and concept of God has been reformed and revised in order to fit alongside recent scientific discoveries. In recent years, however, resistance to scientific progress by religious fundamentalists has increased to the point that many are quite deluded when it comes to even the most basic of scientific principles. It's disheartening, really.

2014-02-06 02:42:16 (1 comments, 0 reshares, 1 +1s)Open 

Is there any news regarding whether we will be able to fully customize our custom URLs? I'm aware that a number of preapproved URLs are available to choose, but none of them are the one I am seeking to have. Should I simply accept one of the preapproved custom URLs or should I wait?

If there is no talk about fully customizable URLs, then I might as well snag as original a URL as I can now. Otherwise, I'm willing to hold out if there's a significant chance that further customization may be permitted.

Is there any news regarding whether we will be able to fully customize our custom URLs? I'm aware that a number of preapproved URLs are available to choose, but none of them are the one I am seeking to have. Should I simply accept one of the preapproved custom URLs or should I wait?

If there is no talk about fully customizable URLs, then I might as well snag as original a URL as I can now. Otherwise, I'm willing to hold out if there's a significant chance that further customization may be permitted.___

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2014-02-05 15:39:31 (5 comments, 0 reshares, 3 +1s)Open 

This kid is childish and a bit annoying, but his enthusiasm is contagious. After only ONE LIKE, he was astounded. He asked for "3-5," and received 30,000 in return. I'm sharing this video for the sole purpose of joining the bandwagon, though, and maybe a bit because I want to see how far this video will go.

Be sure to like and, uh, it might save you a couple cringes if you skip watching the video throughout.

This kid is childish and a bit annoying, but his enthusiasm is contagious. After only ONE LIKE, he was astounded. He asked for "3-5," and received 30,000 in return. I'm sharing this video for the sole purpose of joining the bandwagon, though, and maybe a bit because I want to see how far this video will go.

Be sure to like and, uh, it might save you a couple cringes if you skip watching the video throughout.___

2014-02-01 13:52:48 (2 comments, 0 reshares, 4 +1s)Open 

Quick question: Regarding the whole custom URL deal, I see that you can no longer suggest a URL for approval. Does that mean the selection available right now will be the entirety of what I can choose?

I was really hoping for https://www.google.com/Nokkenbuer/ but I suppose that won't be happening.

Quick question: Regarding the whole custom URL deal, I see that you can no longer suggest a URL for approval. Does that mean the selection available right now will be the entirety of what I can choose?

I was really hoping for https://www.google.com/Nokkenbuer/ but I suppose that won't be happening.___

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2014-01-30 12:29:26 (7 comments, 0 reshares, 2 +1s)Open 

Well, I retook this quiz and now got this result. I am pretty sure this is not accurate, though, because I disagree strongly with much of the Green Party's environmentalist fanaticism. I do, however, believe the estimate that I side with the Democratic Party 83% is pretty accurate. While I do not claim to be a Democrat and refuse to label myself as such (I am an Independent), I do admittedly sympathize with Democrats more than Republicans. Nevertheless, Democrats are typically too extreme for my tastes as well, hence why I detest labeling myself as one.

My Results:
86% Green Party
83% Democrat
63% Socialist
59% Libertarian
09% Republican

To be honest, I'm surprised with these results. I would consider myself more of a liberal libertarian, if that makes any sense, than socialist or democratic. Oh well, it's close enough.

Well, I retook this quiz and now got this result. I am pretty sure this is not accurate, though, because I disagree strongly with much of the Green Party's environmentalist fanaticism. I do, however, believe the estimate that I side with the Democratic Party 83% is pretty accurate. While I do not claim to be a Democrat and refuse to label myself as such (I am an Independent), I do admittedly sympathize with Democrats more than Republicans. Nevertheless, Democrats are typically too extreme for my tastes as well, hence why I detest labeling myself as one.

My Results:
86% Green Party
83% Democrat
63% Socialist
59% Libertarian
09% Republican

To be honest, I'm surprised with these results. I would consider myself more of a liberal libertarian, if that makes any sense, than socialist or democratic. Oh well, it's close enough.___

2014-01-29 02:21:41 (0 comments, 0 reshares, 0 +1s)Open 

Watching the #StateOfTheUnion  (#SOTU) address. Hopefully, there will be some substance to this rhetoric tonight.

Watching the #StateOfTheUnion  (#SOTU) address. Hopefully, there will be some substance to this rhetoric tonight.___

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2014-01-23 15:25:28 (0 comments, 0 reshares, 21 +1s)Open 

Scum of the earth.

Scum of the earth.___

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